It is widely accepted that people take a risk every time they get behind the wheel of a car. Traffic on area roads in New Jersey is ever increasing and with more traffic the chance of an accident increases. Drivers are taught to be defensive, to anticipate what another driver might do and to be ready for it. When the other driver is drunk, there may be no way to prepare for what might happen in a drunk driving accident.
A 57-year-old man from South Bound Brook was driving one night in Dec. 2017. Maybe he was visiting friends or family during the holiday season. As he approached the intersection of at Route 202 and Summer Road near Reading Township, his car was struck by a drunk driver.
The drunk driver was a man from Connecticut. The driver of the car that he hit was pronounced dead at the scene. He pleaded guilty to second-degree vehicular homicide and was recently sentenced to six years in prison.
The death of a loved one at the hands of a drunk driver is horrible and heartbreaking, even more so during the holiday season in New Jersey. The danger is again present as another holiday season approaches. Someone in New Jersey who loses a loved one due to a drunk driving accident may wish to consult with a personal injury attorney. An experienced lawyer can review the facts of the accident and may be able to determine if a civil suit against the party deemed responsible is a viable option. While no one can bring a loved one back, a successfully litigated civil suit may provide compensation for medical costs, funeral costs and other verifiable losses.